Redirects

When a user types in a web address, a redirect forces the web to send the user to a different location specified by the website owner. For example, if you've created a new home page and on't want visitors to go to the old one, you can redirect visitors who type in “yourdomain.com” to completely bypass the old home page and be sent to the new one at “yourdomain.com/home.”

This can also be done for websites. For example, let's say you own two websites: UniversityofUtah.com and BrighamYoungUniversity.com. One day, you decide that you don't want users to go to UniversityofUtah.com anymore. You would create a redirect so that whenever someone clicked on that link or typed in the address, they would be forced to go “BrighamYoungUniversity.com” instead. The old website would still exist, and the link would still work it would just automatically take them to the other website.

Creating a Redirect

3. Click on the “Redirects” application on the BYU Domains Dashboard.

4. Fill in the redirection information.

  • Type - Choose whether you want the redirection to be temporary or permanent.
  • Choose which domain/subdomain you want to redirect from.
  • Choose which destination within the domain you want to redirect from. For example, if you wanted to redirect visitors from “yourdomain.com/Laman&Lemuel.” you would enter “Laman&Lemuel” into this field. If you simply want to redirect people from the domain or subdomain itself, you can leave this field blank.
  • Redirects to Enter the exact web address that you want to redirect visitors to. For example, if you wanted to redirect people from Laman&Lemuel page to the Nephi page, you would enter “http://www.yourdomain.com/Nephi” in this field. You can also redirect to a different domain.
  • Redirect with or without www. If this option is selected, it will not matter if users enter your website address with or without “www.” preceding the web address. This is the best option in most cases.
  • Wild Card Redirect When this is checked, all the pages from the domain you're directing from will be redirected to the corresponding pages on the new website. For example, a wild card redirect will redirect both “CaptianMoroni.com” and “CaptianMoroni.com/Lamanites” to “SonsofMosiah.com and “SonsofMosiah.com/Lamanites” respectively. This will work as long as the pages at both locations are named.

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Editing Redirects

1. Redirects cannot be edited; they must be deleted and remade. To delete a redirect, click “Delete.”

2. Create a new redirect to replace the old one.